Creating a powerful morning routine not only sets you up for a successful day, it also sets you up for an abundant life.
And I don’t say this lightly.
Because being intentional about how I start each and every day and creating a powerful morning routine, have been two of the most beneficial things I’ve done toward achieving my goals, increasing my energy levels and being a positive person.
Recently I was reunited with my family after living overseas for six years. As you can imagine a lot happens in six years.
People change, whether we like it or not.
And whilst having a glass of wine with my family, someone piped up and said, “I really love the person you have become. You are level headed, so much more mature and a good person. You are a good Mom. You are so lucky to have everything you have”.
Whilst that is nice to hear that from loved ones, what you see today, luck had zero to do with it.
Luck jumped up and abandoned me.
What did stick around was tears, resistance, tantrums and self-sabotage.
Not just one tantrum. I’m talking, multiple, major sulking, slammed doors, hateful self-talk kind of tantrums. Mostly when things got too hard. When things got scary as I was leaving my safe and secure comfort zone.
What I have today, which I am eternally grateful for, happened with consistent and focused action. It didn’t suddenly just appear from nowhere.
It took work.
Hard work, every damn day. One morning at a time.
I look back to four years ago when I first created an intentional, focused, morning routine with fondness and gratitude.
Gratitude that I got my overweight, lazy, complaining ass out of bed for a run whilst it was 4 degrees outside and it was dark as hell. Paris, I do miss you. But, damn, it was cold on those early morning runs.
The thing with morning routines is that you just have to start and start small if you want to change your life.
Here are seven ways to create a powerful morning routine.
1. Download your free Morning Routine Cheatsheet
Creating a powerful morning routine that is unique and tailored to your life is one of the most powerful gifts you can give yourself. By just focusing on what makes you happy and fulfilled for even just fifteen minutes a day, will make anyone happy.
To get you started, download your free The Perfect Morning Routine Formula which has a super simple formula to help you map out the perfect morning routine just for you.
2. Get up early
To begin a powerful morning routine, you need to get up earlier than you normally do. Now hold the phone you night owls. I’m not saying get up two hours earlier than normal. That would make anyone unbearable to be around.
Instead, start small.
Set your alarm fifteen minutes earlier than usual, then gradually increase it to an hour or however long you choose. I first began my morning routine, getting up just fifteen minutes earlier than normal to do a workout in my living room or a quick walk around the block.
If you want to achieve anything in life, you need to have the energy to create your dreams. No-one achieved anything from being overweight and lethargic.
Get up and get moving first thing in the morning.
If you are starting from zero, start small like a quick five-minute walk. Then gradually increase it when you increase your stamina. Or better yet sign up for a challenge and surround yourself with other people who will encourage you and give you a boost when you need it.
4. Do something you love
For a whole fifteen minutes do something that you love, something that excites you, that makes you giddy with happiness. Do it for you and for nobody else. Do it because it makes you happy.
Do you love to write? But never seem to have a spare moment to write the story that is in your head. Spend fifteen minutes writing.
Do you love reading a raunchy romance novel? But are too embarrassed to read it on the morning bus because of the sidelong glances from people? Spend fifteen minutes reading that raunchy novel…. or get a Kindle🙂
Do you love being outdoors walking? But never have a spare moment to yourself after you spend your days caring for your kids? Go out your front door and walk in any direction for seven minutes, then stop. Turn around and walk home. Spend fifteen minutes walking.
One of the easiest ways to expand your world is to read. Read about what interests you. What do you want to learn about? What have you been putting off? Would you like to learn how to kick-ass at achieving your dreams? Do you want a promotion at work, or do you want to learn to live with less?
At the moment I am reading “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero. There have been so many ah-ha moments already and I’ve only read 75 pages. It’s funny, straight to the point and gets you thinking.
6. Be Grateful
If you are feeling like you don’t have enough, or are not enough, this one is for you.
When you stop and look around at what you have, you instantly feel abundant and rich. It’s so easy to get caught up in the have-nots, we just plain forget or look past what we do have that can make us feel rich.
I loved this lesson in gratitude from Emily Norris, she believes that every day that she wakes up is a blessing. She grew up wearing plastic bags over her worn out shoes to keep her feet from getting wet and that every day above ground is a blessing. Her video about her story made me cry about the hardships she when though as a child, now she is a successful YouTube star with a beautiful family and husband!
One way to be grateful is to write down three things you are grateful for in a journal. My favourite is the Leuchtturm1917 A5 Hardcover Notebook. I write in it every morning and it takes less than five minutes! Not sure what journalling is or how to get started, read this post How to Keep a Daily Journal.
7. Dress Your Best
I know this one sounds vain, and all the Moms are already saying, “Girl, who’s got time to put on makeup?”.
But believe me, just do it because you will feel good about yourself.
Even if its just a quick swipe of lipgloss and a bit of mascara. Now that I have a toddler, that is about all I can manage until he is pulling open the cupboard door or slapping my feet to get my attention. HAHA!
Plan your outfits or even better take an afternoon to create a capsule wardrobe. Then you always have a cute outfit ready to go in less than five minutes.
I really can’t rave enough about how in love with my morning routine I am. I feel so happy each day because of it and I know when I skip it, I don’t feel so happy or fulfilled. One of the best things I did to move my life forward was to create a powerful morning routine that includes exercise, gratitude and learning.
What will you include in your morning routine? Tell me below as I love reading about what other people include in their routines and why.